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State jobless rate rises to 6.7%

The Massachusetts unemployment rate rose in December, up from 6.6 percent in November, as the state added 7,500 jobs in the last month of 2012.

Standoff in Algeria

Algerian military launches hostage rescue attempt

The military launched an operation against armed Islamist extremists holding dozens of hostages, and there were unconfirmed reports of multiple casualties.

Federal, state, and Boston police fanned out across several neighborhoods today in a series of simultaneous pre-dawn raids, including this one on n Langdon Street.

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Police raid nets alleged gang members in Dorchester

At least 27 people were arrested early this morning as part of a crackdown on a violent street gang, police said.

State of the Commonwealth

// Patrick pushes for income tax hike

Governor Patrick proposed to raise the state’s income tax while cutting the sales tax.

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o said he met his girlfriend online, although a report claims that the woman, Lennay Kekua, never existed.

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Girlfriend of Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o was a hoax

Notre Dame officials said a person conspired with others to let the Heisman finalist believe a girl he met online died of leukemia. What remains unclear is whether Te’o was a participant in the hoax.

Lance Armstrong

Lying is just another part of life

The Lance Armstrong case reflects a larger lesson about human behavior.

joan vennochi

Swartz case is sad, but not an overreach

The reason why computer prodigy Aaron Swartz was prosecuted does not seem mysterious.

Mike Napoli played with the Texas Rangers last season.

Sox, Napoli agree to 1-year deal

The Red Sox and Mike Napoli finally agreed to a deal that is drastically cut back from the 3-year, $39 million they originally targeted, according to a report.

Yvonne Abraham

Pressure on to fix transit

Our transportation system is in such disrepair, with such enormous debt, that we can’t stop it from falling apart without more money.


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Hornets 90, Celtics 78

Kevin Garnett was unhappy with a call in the second quarter.

Celtics’ win streak stopped by Hornets

While Austin Rivers scored 8 points against his father’s team, the most important result for the Celtics was a distasteful loss.


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Stage Review

Seana McKenna plays Anne Hathaway in Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s production of “Shakespeare’s Will.”

Envisioning Mrs. Shakespeare’s life at Merrimack Rep

In the one-woman show, “Shakespeare’s Will,” playwright Vern Thiessen combines familiar history with a wholly imagined story of life with William Shakespeare.


Bargain Bin

Dishes available at The Society of Arts and Crafts’ pre-inventory sale.

Society of Arts and Crafts marks down some well-curated items

A well-curated yet wide-ranging selection of pieces marked down 15 percent, can be found at the Society of Arts and Crafts pre-inventory sale.